Building new demonstration equipment for the development of industrial biotechnology as Key Enabling Technology for sustainable chemistry.
ERDF Flanders and Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BBEPP) signed an agreement for an investment of €9,36 million in the frame of the IMPACT project. This investment is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Flanders, the Province of East-Flanders, the City of Ghent and the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. The financing will be used to build up new research infrastructure specifically for gas fermentation and Down-Stream Processing.
Gas fermentation is an innovative and sustainable technology with enormous potential in terms of carbon footprint reduction. It uses micro-organisms to convert waste gasses such as CO2 and syngas into a wide spectrum of chemicals. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant will build a unique scale-up facility for gas fermentation with the aim to expand into a global reference for gas fermentation and to make Flanders thé testing ground for this sustainable technology. Down-Stream Processing comprises the isolation and purification of a product after a biotechnological or chemical conversion step. This investment will also enable Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant to enlarge its Down-Stream Processing capacity at high TRL (Technology Readiness Level) level, allowing the pilot facility to use the full potential of its 15m3 fermenters.
For more information visit the Bio Based Europe Pilot Plant website.